Broadway Teachers Workshop MUSIC DIRECTING DAY
SUNday, July 14, 2019
Open Jar Studios; 1601 Broadway, 11th floor (enter on 48th Street)
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Studio 11B: Registration/Meet and Greet Your Peers
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Studio 11B: CONDUCTING - with Fred Lassen (Prince of Broadway, Bandstand, South Pacific)
Conducting is very often the last thing on our minds as MDs - between rehearsing the cast, prepping orchestra materials, etc, there's so much other stuff to think about. Led by Fred Lassen this session will take a look at some techniques for being clear and helpful on the podium - and how we can maximize our always-limited rehearsal time!
12:00 p.m. – 1:15p.m.
1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Studio 11B: MAINTAINING VOCAL HEALTH with Amanda Flynn (Wicked, Oklahoma)
Auditions are over and the show is cast, so now how do you start working with singers on a particular role or song? This workshop will focus on how to help students find healthy ways to tackle their material that both stays true to their voice and the demands of the show and repertoire. We will discuss the development of the voice, how to structure vocal exercises, how to elicit vocal changes from your students, and how to navigate vocal health. Broadway vocal technique coach Amanda Flynn will work with guest singers in addition to leading a discussion and Q&A about the voice.
3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Studio 11B: TECHNIQUES OF MUSICAL THEATRE COACHING with Annette Jolles (Live from Lincoln Center, York Theatre Company, Lecturer in the Music Department at Yale University) and Martin Lowe (Once, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)
Annette Jolles, Director/Producer, and Martin Lowe, Music Director/Arranger, share techniques for coaching musical theater singers to create their best and most personal performance of any song. Their unique perspectives and collaborative approach will explore traditional musical theater material and pop material adapted for the Broadway stage. This class will focus on how to utilize each performer's skills and talents, in combination with grounding choices in text and score, to create textured, authentic and specific song interpretations. They will give several coachings during the class to demonstrate how they work with actors, and to provide participants different approaches to use with singers of all levels.